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Versions required - 'Lord Lundy'

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jennyr 05 Feb 10 - 08:04 AM
jennyr 05 Feb 10 - 08:09 AM
Steve Gardham 05 Feb 10 - 02:57 PM
jennyr 05 Feb 10 - 05:08 PM
Steve Gardham 06 Feb 10 - 02:48 PM
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Subject: Versions required - 'Lord Lundy'
From: jennyr
Date: 05 Feb 10 - 08:04 AM

I've found a ballad which I'd really like to sing, but the language in Child (and in the version I've found here) is so clearly old Scots I don't think I can do it very convincingly. Does anyone know of an English version, or at least a vaguely Anglicised version? The ballad is Lord Lundy, also called Lord William.

Failing that, any comments on the acceptability or otherwise of rewriting an old ballad to suit one's own abilities?


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Subject: RE: Versions required - 'Lord Lundy'
From: jennyr
Date: 05 Feb 10 - 08:09 AM

Oops! Just to clarify, I'm looking for the story about the couple who run away to study abroad and then manage to get married against her father's wishes, not the Hilaire Belloc poem which is a completely different story!


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Subject: RE: Versions required - 'Lord Lundy'
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 05 Feb 10 - 02:57 PM

There is absolutely no reason IMO why you should not rewrite this fairly modern piece. Personally I would avoid Peter Buchan's 2 rewrites and stick with the Motherwell text although even that contains some pretty inane stuff compared with the popular ballads.
There is a glossary in vol 5 that you might find helpful, or a good Scots-English dictionary.


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Subject: RE: Versions required - 'Lord Lundy'
From: jennyr
Date: 05 Feb 10 - 05:08 PM

Thanks, Steve! I haven't managed to get hold of vol 5 yet but I've got my eyes open. I agree about the versions, except that I do quite like the bit about them dressing up and passing the boyfriend off as her sister!


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Subject: RE: Versions required - 'Lord Lundy'
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 06 Feb 10 - 02:48 PM

I'm pretty certain if you rewrote the whole thing in your own lingo it would be a vast improvement on all 3 versions. The stories are fine but the texts are stilted and contrived IMO.


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